Each year, I would weed like crazy. I would put all kinds of products down such as Weed Guard plus, plastic, natural woods chips or rubber mulch. Nothing I did seemed to last long or prevent the weeds from popping their ugly heads through. That is, until a friends introduced me to a mulch process that she had been using for years. Take a moment and check out this fantastic earth friendly mulch.
- Paper Shredder (I prefer a criss cross cut, but anyone will do)
- Shredded Newspaper
- Peat Moss
- Save your newspapers, except for anything glossy.
- After a bout a week, begin shredding newspaper into fine cuts.
- Store shredded paper in trash bags if you are not ready to begin. (I try and wait until I have about 3 bags to start, but I have large beds)
- Once you have enough shredded paper, you can begin your first area
- Weed your selected area before initial application
- Spread out a layer of shredded paper
- Follow the paper with a layer of peat moss
- Repeat this effect until the shredded paper is gone. Try to aim for 3-4 repeated layers. Always end the process with a layer of peat moss. You don’t want your flower beds to appear to have trash lying through them. The peat moss will add the final layer of natural product and appearance.
- Once area is complete to your desires, Water down the area
- With that final piece, your mulching is essentially complete.
Water the area regularly. Each time you water, the paper gets firm. The wetting and drying of the paper creates a barrier that the weeds find difficult over time to penetrate. If you desire colored mulch, you can always spread out the typical mulch at a thinner coverage than normal.
While this process may seem out of character for many, Everything will return to the ground each year without the mess of pulling up plastic, weed paper or the likes thereof. By covering the final layer, your plants can appear to be resting in a natural setting allowing their true color and beauty to shine through. While a weed may pop through here or there, the process is much easier on your back and legs to just grab the stray or two.
Subsequent years will require less work and will have a more settled appearance. At any time you want to add additional plants, all you have to do is place and dig. No more cutting through paper or plastic and making a big mess as you try and replace everything the way it was.